Preparing for Surgery
A successful surgery requires a partnership between you and your surgeon.
Types of surgical procedures we perform include:
The following instructions are essential for a safe, good outcome. Use this as a checklist as you approach your surgery date. If you are unable to comply with these instructions, you must notify our office as soon as possible. As a result, your surgery may have to be postponed or delayed, at the judgment of your surgeon. This is important to your health and safety.
Three weeks or more before surgery. There may be several weeks between your decision to have surgery and your actual surgical date. During this time there are several important considerations:
Practice proper skincare. Practicing good skincare is an important factor in your overall appearance and the quality of your skin. This includes gentle cleansing morning and evening, proper moisture and daily use of broad spectrum sunscreen, whether you are expecting outdoor sun exposure, or just the incidental exposure of daily life. Proper skincare is also important to help maintain your results.
Good nutrition. Eat well during the weeks prior to surgery. Crash dieting, over-eating or high alcohol intake can greatly affect your overall health and well-being. A healthy, balanced diet is essential.
Stop smoking. Smoking can greatly impair your ability to heal. You must be nicotine and smoke free for at least six weeks prior to surgery and six weeks post surgery. You must also be free of any nicotine patch or nicotine-based products for a minimum of six weeks prior to surgery and six weeks post surgery.
Lead a healthy lifestyle. In the weeks prior to surgery maintain the best of health and hygiene. A lingering cold, virus or other illness can result in your surgery being rescheduled. Make certain to address any illness immediately, and advise our office of any serious illness or change to your health.
Medications. Discontinue all aspirin products 10 days prior to surgery unless otherwise instructed.
Prepare and plan. Schedule any time off of work, and any support you will need at home in the days following surgery, including housework, childcare, shopping and driving. Make certain a responsible adult is enlisted and confirmed to drive you to and from surgery, and that one if confirmed available to stay with you around the clock for 24 hours, at least following surgery.